Academic Programs

Catholic Clinical Ethics: Master of Arts and Certificate Programs

Healthcare in the United States faces numerous challenges in identifying, delineating and achieving goals regarding the promotion of health and the treatment of disease for all Americans.  These challenges range from conceptual, technological, to financial and raise ethical issues.  Addressing these bioethical issues well in the institutions that are directly involved with providing healthcare will require education and training deeply rooted in an ethical framework.  The Catholic Clinical Ethics program, developed in partnership with The Catholic University of America, prepares leadership at Catholic healthcare institutions  with the ethical reasoning skills and knowledge of medical moral terrain necessary to address complex social and bioethical issues in healthcare, clinical treatment, genetics, biotechnology, and policy.  To find out more about the CACE program and to apply to either the MA or Certificate programs, please visit:

Neuroethics Studies

The Neuroethics Studies Program focuses upon the issues, questions, problems and solutions arising at the intersection of brain science, medicine and society. Ongoing projects address the validity and value of applications of newly developed neurosceintific techniques and technologies in research, medicine, public life, and global health: key ethical issues in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and pain care; use and misuse of brain science to define personhood, life and death; and the neurobiological process involved in moral and ethical thought, emotions, and actions. Ongoing scholarship, lectures, tutorials and international collaborations make the Program a forum and nexus for resident and visiting scholars. Inquiries about the program and applications for visiting scholars in neuroethics should be directed to James Giordano, PhD, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program.

Health Care Ethics Education for Georgetown University School of Medicine

The PCCB’s Associate Director for Academic Programs, David G. Miller, PhD, directs the Health Care Ethics and Intensive Bioethics for Clinicians courses for first- and second-year medical students. Students are asked to critically examine how medical professionalism, ethics, and law set standards for physician role and behavior. The curricula are designed to cultivate a refined capacity for moral reflection and discourse in students of the medical profession. Dr. Miller also coordinates ethics education in the third- and fourth-years with Drs. Donovan and Sotomayor.

Doctoral Studies in the Department of Philosophy

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